Archive release. CD debut of the Annie Original London Cast Recording. Based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan, Annie transferred to the West End in 1978 following it's multi Tony award winning Broadway debut the previous year. The original London Cast of Annie featured Broadway's original Annie, Andrea McArdle in the title role, alternating the part with British actress Ann-Marie Gwatkin (who features on the London Cast Recording). Also starring in the original London cast were Sheila Hancock as Miss Hannigan, Stratford Johns as Daddy Warbucks, Kenneth Nelson as Rooster, Judith Paris as Grace Farrell and Matt Zimmerman as Bert Healy. The London production of 'Annie' was named "Best Musical" at the 1978 Evening Standard Theatre Awards and received 3 S. W. E. T. Award nominations, including "Musical Of The Year".